Quite some time ago, we had a discussion for what questions would really get us going intellectually. Here’s my list:
How do you do all that you do?
Why do you do all that you do?
What needs to be fixed in our society?
What bothers you?
What causes happiness both in yourself and in others?
Where do you want to go?
How do you contextualize your place in society?
What’s the difference between success and victory?
What’s the difference between quitting and ending a task?
What are the pros and cons of efficiency, and when does it venture into rushing?
It’s a tough one, because many of the questions that I give the best answers to are spontaneous and previously not-thought-of questions. Generally as I get a question asked about me more and more, I tend to get a bland, rehearsed elevator pitch. A good example of this is the classic “What would you say your biggest strength is?” question. I’ve found I benefit from mixing these questions up or taking on the challenge to dig deeper. That was the goal of many of these questions — it’s not just what I do, but why I do it. If you’re looking for a chance to gain points by commenting, which one of these would open up your brain? Which question would simply annoy you and therefore produce a less-than-stellar answer?